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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Passion Without Knowledge (Clarity On Charity)

I had an interesting conversation recently with someone about causes that people fight for or believe in. It was my OPINION ( I put opinion in large caps to fend off the easily angered) that these types of people are in three different categories.

THE PASSIONATE WITH KNOWLEDGE:

I love talking to these people more than anything. Not only do they strongly believe in the causes they support but you can have an informed discussion with them about that cause without them getting frustrated with you and actually gain a little clarity on why it is so important. In lamens terms its an actual conversation like people used to have before 1995 when text messaging was invented. They provide you with the proper information needed to make an informed decision on your own instead of getting guilted or cohearsed into a choice.

THE PASSIONATE WITHOUT KNOWLEDGE:

Danger! Beware of rabid dog. These people are passionate about causes but for the wrong reasons. They prefer the Guitar Hero approach to causes. "We want to play the music but we don't want to take the time to learn the notes." For them its more of a trendy thing to do versus actually believing in the cause. These people will attack you for not being as passionate as they are about their causes. They are "Pro Life" and will throw a fire bomb through a abortion clinic window to prove it. These people make signs that say "support the troops kill the officers" they flood your feed with dogs left in cars by owners but couldn't tell you where their toddler was in a crowded park. SIDE NOTE: I can't tell you how many times I've had to comfort a screaming 5 year old until their mother came running up. Ironically the dog was with them but not the child. Priceless!

NOT PASSIONATE BUT KNOWLEDGEABLE:

Very unique group of people. They are aware of everything going on around them but are not as passionate when it comes to stepping up and getting involved. There are so many causes to choose from. Where do you start? How do you decide? Instead of commiting themselves to one or more causes they just help when they can. They give money to charity when asked. they feed a stray animal or give money to a homeless person. They don't go out looking for causes but just deal with the situation as it arises. I put myself in this category. The passionate with knowledge appreciate your efforts on any level. The passionate without knowledge thinks your a joke and gets angry with you fo eating tuna because dolphins get stuck in the fishing nets. So when it was just tuna getting caught in the nets it was okay?